OPI and Helena School District kicked off their Summer Meal Program Wednesday at Memorial Park. (http://opi.mt.gov/summerfood) , it’s part of the No Kid Hungry campaign ( https://www.nokidhungry.org/ ) .
170 kids showed up to the first event.
During the summer, kids all the way up to age 18-years-old can eat for free Monday-Friday at any of the nine free summer meal location sites in the Helena area.
Ian Prichard said he's not only thankful for having a day of fun but this brought him and his little brother closer.
"I don't get to see my brother very much and I like spending time with him, he likes really spending time with me”, said Ian Prichard, Summer Meal Program attendee.
Activities included water bottle rockets; sling shots, tug-o-war, bubbles station, and face painting.
Faith went to Wednesday’s summer meal program event with her best friend Bella,
"I can’t wait to go home and tell my parents that I made a lot of new friends at the park”, said Faith Howard, 11-year-old.
"I really liked doing the slime machine over there, I thought it was really fun because it was really squishy and fun to feel, there’s so many activities for people to do, so it’s fun for everyone”, said Bella Guccilne, 11-years-old.
NCCC AmeriCorps (https://www.facebook.com/AmeriCorpsNCCCPacific/ ) Sacramento is partnered with No Kid Hungry Montana; they are volunteering as well as everyone who helped put on the summer meals event.
"This is amazing, just coming from some bad weather to see all these kids out here”, said Myrna Lincoln, NCCC AmeriCorps.
“People from the community just showed up so it’s a pretty good turnout, it’s nice, we were a little worried with rain, the wind make things a little difficult but it makes sure a lot of fun”, said Robert Worthy, Summer Meal Program Coordinator.
The No Kid Hungry Campaign (https://www.nokidhungry.org/ ) summer meals program is sponsored and food was by Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation (http://us.stop-hunger.org/home.html)